Students return to Jimi to resume classes

National, Normal

The National, Friday 26th April 2013

 TEACHERS, students and staff of Jimi High School in Jiwaka have returned to their school in Kol to resume classes.

Classes were temporarily re-located to Banz because of election-related problems and the poor road condition.

They returned to Kol in Jimi on Tuesday to resume classes after the second term break.

They have been based in Banz, North Waghi for more than two years.

It is one of the premier high schools in Jiwaka but the very bad road conditions and election-related problems forced teachers, staff and students to move to Banz.

The relocation was approved by the Western Highlands provincial education board and the national education department.

The standard branch and the guidance office were also aware that the Jimi High School was temporarily based in Banz. 

But with the high cost of living especially rentals, students felt uncomfortable living with relatives there.

Headmaster John Kamb said the school decided to hire vehicles to transport teachers, students and staff to Kol which was an expensive exercise.

Kamb said since their temporary stay in Banz, more than 40 students made it to secondary school.

He said teachers refused to travel to Kol because of the poor road condition.

Kamb said the school had spent lots of money in transporting more than 400 students, learning materials and school properties back to the original location.

Meanwhile, Kamb thanked councillor Peter Angelye for giving his facility to the school to use it in Banz.